Hi! I’m Valentina, qualified psychotherapist (MBacp, MSc) in the UK (Manchester).
I'll tell you a little bit about myself and my story.
However, If you want to read about my professional experience and qualifications please click on the links here below
I'm Italian but lived in the UK for 8 years and am in love with this country (I'm told I've got a bit of northerner accent).
Yes I do speak Italian! So if that is your preferred language that's perfectly fine by me :)
I'm super passionate about psychotherapy and mental health but believe it or not my first degree was in business. Needless to say, business was not for me, at all!
I felt I was trying to fit into something that just didn't suit me, my values nor my natural talents. So I changed career, I quit my business job very soon after graduating and started the fabulous journey of psychotherapy.
I have also struggled with my mental health in the past, following an emotionally abusive relationship which had left me with no self esteem, little sense of identity and traumatized.
But I was also so grateful I had gotten out of it. If you are in this situation, believe me I understand how hard and scary it is to get out of an abusive relationship. Most of the times we don't even see it.
So I went to therapy and I finally started to turn my life around and built my self worth back. I also worked on my relationship patterns and boundaries so that I could start building healthy nurturing relationships around me.
Did my past motivated me to get into this profession? yes and no. I was always a naturally empathetic altruistic person who found happiness in helping others (in addition to my many hobbies).
However my past made me realise, If I did it, anybody can!
Life can be different, relationships can be a positive experience and with some help, one can become their authentic self!
Of course we all have different stories, life conditions, privileges and disadvantages to take into account, but I feel confident that you can overcome your challenges, find your own unique balance and ultimately live your life in the way that sit right with you.
I always felt hesitant about starting therapy because I knew I'd have to face up to a lot of feelings that I didn't want to acknowledge, but you made this process less scary. I really felt listened to and validated. You are very compassionate and have been extremely patient with me.